The Lake County Library System’s 10th annual Lake BookFest will feature a special poetry event Thursday, March 14th in the W.T. Bland Public Library. The Viva Libros! Poetry Contest winners will read to the public at 1 p.m. in an event hosted by Vivian Shipley, Darlin’ Neal and Ryan Van Cleave. Special guest and Pulitzer Prize nominee Vivian Shipley is a two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, the Library of Congress’s Connecticut Lifetime Achievement Award for Service to the Literary Community, the Connecticut Book Award for Poetry, the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America, as well as numerous others.
At 2 p.m. Dr. Darlin Neal, will conduct Putting Images Into Words, a flash fiction/prose poetry workshop. Dr. Neal discusses how to develop the story from the vision. "Just as the title Elegant Punk promises, this is a collection full of contrasts, surprises, and strange revelations. Embedded in the gritty realism, there is poetry of the highest order, and grace is splashed all over the commonplace. High passion, silliness, cosmic shifts, and acute psychological insights are rendered up in Darlin’ Neal’s prose so seamlessly and intensely she makes it look easy. You won’t forget these characters, and there’s not a story here you won’t want to finish after you’ve read its first sentence." Laura Kasischke
At 3 p.m. Ryan G. Van Cleave will present Poetry in Contemporary American Life. Dr. Van Cleave is the award winning author of twenty books, including six poetry anthologies and a textbook on writing poetry. He is a freelancer writer, a writing coach, and the Coordinator of Creative Writing for the Ringling College of Art + Design in Sarasota, Florida. Ryan has taught creative writing and literature at Clemson University, Eckerd College, Florida State University, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as well as at prisons, community centers, and urban at-risk youth facilities.
On Friday, March 15th at 2 p.m. Vivian Shipley, will give words to loss and loneliness in The Compelling Voice at the Marianne Beck Memorial Library, Howey-in-the-Hills. On Saturday, March 16th at 10 a.m. Ms. Shipley will cover How to Publish and Win Contests at the W. T. Bland Public Library. She will discuss the types of content to consider and pitfalls to avoid; the submission process, what to expect and how to proceed.
All events are free. The complete Lake BookFest schedule with author biographies is available on www.mylakelibrary.org.